Nuclear, O&M, Reactors

MOX fuel powers Dutch nuclear power plant for the first time

The Borssele nuclear power plant in the Netherlands has started generating electricity for the first time with mixed oxide (MOX) fuel supplied by Areva.

Dutch utility EPZ was licensed in 2013 to load eight MOX assemblies in the 500-MW reactor in 2014, and 12 assemblies per year after, totaling 40 percent of the assemblies loaded in the reactor.

The MOX fuel was fabricated in 2013 at the MELOX plant in France with recycled plutonium from used fuel treatment processes at Areva’s la Hague plant.

The Netherlands joins Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. as the seventh country to use or have used MOX fuel in its reactors.

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